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Femion » 2007 » September

Gazette #23 - Beginning of Year 2

September 30th, 2007

Welcome to the modern skeptical movement
I don’t really like this piece. I did it as an introduction to the column but it got delayed because it had to go through so many edits… Next week’s should be more fun.
Also, I’m starting off at 23 because I wrote an article for the summer issue about DISP and another about living in Eliza Ritchie.

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Some dorm complaints…

September 26th, 2007

Last year, the worst complaint I had about my bathroom was that some people didn’t put the toilet seat down after using it.

This year, the problem is they don’t put the seat up, so the seat is usually covered in piss. Also, there’s at least one person who doesn’t flush or wash their hands after using the toilets. It means that anyone else washing their hands is pointless.

Last year, the worst noise complaint I had about my neighbor was that she once had a Lion King sing-a-long at midnight.

This year, the worst noise complaint about my neighbor is actually a sum of several small things. For example:
- Listening almost exclusively to country music. Not even classic folk-rock type country, but full out, my dog ran away, twangy country.
- Listening to the same songs over and over and over again, when I get annoyed if I listen to the same song more than twice
- playing his music at the loudest possible volume, no matter what time of day.
- owning a sub woofer
- leaving his music playing in his room at 2:30 in the morning, locking his door and then leaving to go party somewhere else in the dorm.

Country Music Neighbor will turn his music off if I ask him to. But I’m a little bit afraid of asking him too much, because I don’t want to appear to be a bitch if I ask him to turn it off just because I hate country music. He has agreed that should he be playing music during quiet hours and he’s not in his room, I can shut off the power to his room at the circuit breaker.

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First Published Research Paper!

September 22nd, 2007

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It’s only the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal, but it’s still a publication. And if you want to cite it, you would write:

C. Holloway et al. “Morphology study of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes.” Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. (2007) 6(1), pp. 7-10.

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If the stress of University or Life is getting too much…

September 18th, 2007

…and you feel that you just need to focus on something to be able to meditate and calm down, look at this:

It’s waves from a fountain reflecting on a tree in the Halifax Public Gardens.

“That is cool.” guy is Travis.

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Entering thoughts on Sophomore year

September 8th, 2007

- I’m taking three math classes this year. The schedule I posted on my blog is wrong. I talked to my academic adviser and in order to apply for honors, I need to take 2 math credits this year. I thought I would be taking 2 math, 2 physics, 1 journalism this term, but one of my physics classes is actually a math class in disguise. As it stands, I’m taking Foundations of Journalism, Linear Algebra, Intermediate Calc, Modern Physics, and Physics Tools: Theory (which should be renamed Mathematical Methods in Physics or ‘Why is Dalhousie putting me through all this mathematical misery with this hard-ass prof and 1000-page textbook with tiny type?’). Intermediate Calculus seems to be an extension of what I learned last year, with functions going into the third dimension. The prof a balding chinese man who shouts out at the class and mangles his words. (he said perdiculem and pryragors Tea-reem yesterday - I think he meant perpendicular and Pythagoras’ Theorem) He also has a tendency of being overly-corrective of the students who volunteer answers in his class - if you say something wrong, he’ll explain why it was wrong, then turn around, ask who said that, and scold you for saying a wrong answer. I think the class will be funny. The good thing about taking all the math classes, according to a fourth year physics major I’ve been talking to, is that there is a lot of subject overlap between classes, and I have no labs this term (yay!). I still think I am going to be mathed out.

- I feel so much older than all the new Eliza frosh, even though I’m younger than most of them.

- Apparently I’m in Eliza’s party hall. Everyone leaves their doors open around here, and then has music blaring or loud conversations. I actually don’t mind. I’m up so late anyway with my older, nerdy friends in the basement so by the time I get back to my room, they’re all gone. My neighbor likes to play corny country music. Luckily, he doesn’t mind me blasting my music even louder, and he does shut it off when I ask him.

- This year’s orientation week’s events were so much better than ours. For their induction ceremony, they got Dr. Tom Duck, we got ex-Prime Minister Joe Clark (I know having an ex-PM sounds more impressive than getting a physicist, but Joe Clark sucks at giving speeches, and Dr. Duck’s laser is going to Mars), for their concert, they got The Joel Plaskett Emergency, we had Pilot Speed. Unfortunately, Eliza seems to be low on spirit this year, so the events were not well attended.

- I really don’t like drunken frosh. Ugh. Last night we were trying to watch a movie in the multi, and they just kept barging in and interrupting us. One of them tried to hijack the TV to see what episode of South Park was on, even though it was an hour late. We tried to remedy the situation by placing a couch in front of the door. It didn’t stop them. They just pushed harder to get into the room. It’s like it never occured to them that ‘hey, there’s a sofa in front of this entrance to this door and the people in the room are ignoring me. Maybe I’m unwanted’. Already we’ve got several holes punched into our walls - including one through a reinforced window. However, there are some funny drunk frosh, like one who thinks he’s a ninja when he’s smashed and performs karate on the people who walk past his secret hiding spot.

- Scotiabank won’t let me get a credit card until I turn 19. Poo.

- I feel like I’m going into uncharted and deep waters in all aspects of my academic, professional, and personal life. It’s going to be interesting, but I think I’ll survive if I keep my head up.

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